Smithtown Dentist | Smithtown dental care | NY | Crowns

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Crowns
 

There are many reasons why a crown may be necessary to restore your tooth such as fracture, decay, large weak fillings, discoloration, and some teeth with root canals.  A certain amount of the original tooth must be removed to provide space for the crown to restore the tooth to proper size and shape since it will be placed over the tooth.  Crowns are fabricated in dental labs and generally require two appointments to complete.  During the first appointment the tooth is prepared to create space for the new crown.  Then, an impression is made of the prepared tooth to be sent to the lab and a temporary crown is made to be placed until the next appointment.  During the second appointment the final crown is fitted on the tooth, and the color and bite are checked.  Once these steps have been completed, the crown is cemented over the prepared tooth.

Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.

The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.

 
 
Smithtown Dentist | Crowns. Dr. Sheri Glazer is a Smithtown Dentist.